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1012 Aldape Cove

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The advertisement for this house features a bird's-eye view, revealing rambling front decks and a wooded setting. Immediately, I was hooked. I was surprised to find that the house is close to the center of town just east of Reserve Street, which becomes Shaw Mountain Road. The second left is Aldape Cove, a cul-de-sac of nice view homes.

The driveway leads to a stairway to the main-level deck, which stretches across the entire width of the house. All of the deck has new railing, and one half of the deck is floored in Trex decking. The right side of the deck over the carport is covered with a pergola, and there are two white trellises on that part of the deck.

The front door opens into the great room, which features big windows and aqua-colored walls. The focus soon becomes the kitchen breakfast bar, which is lit up with a neon sign, making it clear this is not a usual house. The living room fireplace is covered with brightly colored tile, and the mantel and hearth are back-lit. The kitchen cabinets are made of aqua-colored metal. In the dining area, there's a long wavy, bright red kitchen table. The living room is filled with bright-colored furniture that complements the art deco style of the great room. All the furniture in the house is included in the sale, as well as the new stainless steel dishwasher and refrigerator, a new washer and dryer, a freezer and a flat-screen LCD TV with surround-sound speakers (in the house and outside on the deck). The great room is floored in the original hardwood. The kitchen also has a ceramic cooktop and hip, original stainless steel countertops.

At the rear of the first floor are two bedrooms with corner windows and a bathroom in between. Back in the kitchen, there is a side door to the deck, and stairs to the daylight basement. Down the carpeted stairs is a big recreation/family room with a wet bar. Windows and a door lead out to a private, cozy lower patio covered by the deck above. In the back of the house is a third bedroom and a second bathroom, which has been redone, a large utility room, and a room for the furnace, water heater and plenty of storage.

A second door leads outside to the side of the house which backs up to a hillside and grass, trees and retaining stone walls. There's a hot tub also included in the sale. The house is set back quite a bit, and there's a big flower bed filled with bushes and plants and more mature trees out front. The house has a manual sprinkler system, which only needs to be used once or twice a week in the hot weather due to all of the shade trees.

The house has a newer metal roof, newer vertical vinyl siding, stone on the lower level, new awnings and new insulated windows. The furnace is brand new and is central air-conditioning ready. Right now, there are two wall units for cooling: one in the kitchen, and one in the master bedroom. Behind the house is a dead-end street and behind that is Military Reserve Park, so hiking is just out the back door, where fox and deer are common sights.

Pros: I love this house. Just watching the sun set from both inside the house and out would be such a treat. I think the art deco great room is a lot of fun, and I would definitely buy the included furniture. Being able to quite literally head for the hills for a hike from the backyard is a definite plus. The very nice bed in the front would lend itself to more flowers, maybe the occasional vegetable, etc.

Cons: A new owner would probably want to update the main floor bathroom. Both sides of the back yard are fenced but I would put up a fence along the back boundary.